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Responsible Stewardship of Campus Land and Water (Ongoing)


According to the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan, one of the major goals under the theme of Campus Lands and Space is the development and implementation of a plan for sustainable landscapes and landscape maintenance practices on campus. Carbon sequestration, the process through which land management practices absorb and sink carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, is a large part of sustainable landscaping and maintenance. Activities that allow for sequestration can affect climate change by enhancing carbon storage in trees and soils, preserving existing tree and soil carbon, and by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Practices such as using native and perennial plants allow for less maintenance and more carbon sequestration. Converting shallow-rooted plants to natural prairies can also allow for an increase in carbon capture.

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